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Charlotte James

History, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

"Heroic Souls": The Memory of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth

Research Area

  • American Studies
  • History


  • 'The Ride for Independence: Victorian Ladies Cycling Fashion', The British Library https://www.bl.uk/womens-rights/articles/the-ride-for-independence-victorian-ladies-cycling-fashion 
  • 'Effective Digital Learning Design: The Moodle Re-Design Initiative at the University of Nottingham' with Neil Hughes et al., in Universal Design (2020)
  • 'Our Own Tools:  Historical  Antislavery Leadership Techniques’ with Zoe Troddin The Anti-Slavery Usable Past: History's Lessons for How We End Slavery Today ed. by Kevin Bales and Zoe Trodd (University of California Press, 2020)
  • ‘They don't play, or run, or shout... They're slaves’: The First Survey of Children's Literature on Modern Slavery, Journal of Modern Slavery, 4:2 (2018) 143 - 168 https://t.co/MzMV56xuqA
  • ‘Historians Against Slavery Conference Review’, US Studies Online, published 22nd December 2017 http://www.baas.ac.uk/usso/historians-against-slavery/


  • ‘You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it': Portrayals of Black American womanhood through representations of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth', British Association for American Studies Postgraduate Conference, 6th to 7th December 2019 at The British Library
  • 'Women's History Online Resources - Our Placement at The British Library', with Alice O'Driscoll, presentation to colleagues at The British Library, 6th August 2019
  • 'Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Black feminist scholars from the 1970s and 1980s', Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) Annual Conference, 5th July 2019
  • 'A Young Determined Harriet Tubman: The Power of Photography in the Memory of Harriet Tubman and Nineteenth Century Black Activists', Visualising the Americas: Americanist Research Symposium, 3rd June 2019
  • 'VLE/Moodle Redesign in the Arts' with Neil Hughes and Gary Fisher, Teaching and Learning Conference, 3rd May 2019
  • 'Representations of Sojourner Truth and the Absence of ‘Ar’n’t I a Woman’, Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) Annual Conference, 6th July 2018
  • ‘Heroic Souls’: The Memory of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth’, European and British Association for American Studies Conference, 4th – 7th April 2018

  • ‘The Political Memory of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Black Female Abolitionists’, HOTCUS Winter Symposium, 17th February 2018 

  • ‘Sculptures, Murals and Artwork: The Antislavery Memory of Harriet Tubman’, Postgraduates Against Slavery Conference, 6th October 2017

Public Engagement & Impact

Workshops and Conferences
  • Race, Gender and Sexuality (RaGeS) Writing Retreat, 21st June - 28th June 2019, M4C Funded (co-organiser) 
  • Future Academics Digital Learning Workshop, April 2019, University of Nottingham, M4C Funded (co-organiser) 
  • Univeristy of Leeds History Postgraduate Conference, December 2015 (co-organiser)


  • 'Women's History Online Resources' Placement with The British Library, June to September 2019
  • 'Images of Modern Slavery', Hyson Green Cultural Festival, Nottingham, 9th May 2018
  • ‘American Slavery and Abolitionism’, American Studies Lecture Series, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, 5th December 2017
  • Archives Assistant for Feminist Archive North 2015 - worked with Jalna Hamner, a women's rights activist and member of the Women's Aid Federation, to organise her personal papers and create a history of WAF
  • Volunteer for The National Trust 2012 - 2013; roles included volunteer coordination, events organisation, archiving materials and research organisation 


  • Moodle Assistant, University of Nottingham from June 2018 to present - I am involved in the editing and redevelopment of online modules for the University of Nottingham's online learning platform Moodle 
  • Research Assistant, The Rights Lab from Sept 2017 to Sept 2019 - I researched modern slavery murals and curated the first online archive of modern antislavery murals 'Imagining Freedom'

Other Research Interests

  • Memory and Heritage
  • African American History
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Gender History and Feminisms
  • Historic and Modern Slavery
  • Children's Literature
  • Heritage


  • British Association for American Studies (BAAS)
  • Historians of Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)